THE badly decomposed body of a woman who was lying in the bedroom of her St Leonards flat could have lain there for ‘many days’, an inquest was told.
Miriam Hussain-Chowdhury, 41, who lived in Marine Court, was found on June 6.
Porters and security staff at the seafront block of flats saw the IT technician’s body from the window on the outside balcony and raised the alarm following concerns from neighbours.
The last person to see her alive was her friend Simon Povey, who went out with her to a pub quiz and for drinks three weeks earlier.
He said: “Her mood was good and she was happy. I received a few text messages a couple of days later from her thanking me for a nice evening. There was nothing out of the ordinary at all.”
Sarah Alexander, the coroner’s officer, said the body of divorcee Mrs Hussain-Chowdhury was in a ‘severe state of decomposition’ and she was found lying on her bed.
She said there was a letter from a loan company inside her flat addressed to her, saying she owed a ‘substantial amount’ of money.
Dr Mark Boxer, pathologist at the Conquest Hospital, said he was unable to ascertain the exact cause of death due to advanced decomposition.
He said: “When she was found, death must have occurred many days before the day she was discovered.”
At last week’s inquest, Coroner Alan Craze recorded a verdict of death from natural causes.